Affinity for Business donates £250 to a chosen charity every month, where members of our team will suggest charities they feel passionate about. Individually, we’ll then vote for the charity of our choice anonymously and £250 is donated to the cause with the most votes.
We’re really pleased to announce; Affinity for Business have donated a total of £2,526 to various charities through our monthly donations and internal fundraising events. You can learn more about the charities we donate to on our blog.
Prostate Cancer UK won our vote in February – In this blog, we kindly asked Amy Barlow from Prostate Cancer UK to raise further awareness by answering our questions.
Can you tell us a bit about Prostate Cancer UK and how the charity came about?
Prostate Cancer UK, fights for better diagnosis, treatment, prevention, and support. With prostate cancer set to become the most commonly diagnosed cancer of all in the UK by 2030, we have a simple ambition – to stop men dying from the disease.
In 1996 The Prostate Cancer Charity was founded and was the first national organisation for prostate cancer in the UK. The charity’s aim was to improve the care and welfare of those affected, increase investment in research, and raise public and political awareness of a long-neglected disease. A merger with Prostate Action in 2012 triggered a rebrand to form Prostate Cancer UK. The charity has grown in size, strength, and influence but the ambition remains the same: to put men at the heart of everything we do.
What is prostate cancer and are there any symptoms?
Only men have a prostate gland and prostate cancer can develop when cells in the prostate start to grow in an uncontrolled way. Prostate cancer needs treatment to stop it from spreading in other areas
Most men with early prostate cancer don’t have any signs or symptoms. However, there are a few risk factors that may mean you’re more likely to get prostate cancer:
- If you’re aged 50 or over
- If your father or brother has had prostate cancer
- If you have a darker skin tone
If these risk factors do not apply to you, it’s still important that you speak to your GP about prostate cancer.
Is there a test for prostate cancer?
There is no single test to diagnose prostate cancer, however, there are a few tests that a GP can do to find out if men have a prostate problem. The main tests include:
- a urine test to rule out a urine infection
- a prostate-specific antigen (PSA) blood test
- a digital rectal examination (DRE)
Before having these tests, the GP should explain what they involve and talk through the advantages/disadvantages. To find out more about the tests and checks used to see if you have prostate cancer or another prostate problem, click here.
How can businesses and members of the public get involved to support Prostate Cancer UK?
Whether you’re fundraising, volunteering or donating, anyone can make a massive difference to help stop prostate cancer being a killer.
Prostate Cancer UK’s flagship walking programme, March for Men is back in 2019 with an even bigger and better set of events across the UK. In the past two years, over 6,000 walkers have raised more than £825,000.
You can also follow in the footsteps of football managers and personalities across the country by purchasing one of the iconic Prostate Cancer UK ‘Man of Men’ pin badges.
Affinity for Business donated £250 to Prostate Cancer UK, what has this donation size provided?
The vital funds raised by Affinity for Business will go towards research into diagnosis, treatment, and prevention as well as support for men and their loved ones affected by prostate cancer. The money raised will have a huge impact and will help bring Prostate Cancer UK one step closer to stopping prostate cancer being a killer.
If after reading this blog, you would like to donate to Prostate Cancer UK or want to find out more information, please visit the Prostate Cancer UK website.